AN ICONIC piece of 1,200-year-old history was destroyed when a 50-yard section of Offa’s Dyke was flattened by a bulldozer.
Cadw, the Welsh heritage board, working with police, has put a “stop notice” on groundwork which was being carried out on private land near Plas Offa on the A5, near the Pontcysllte Aqueduct, and has launched an investigation.
Llangollen Rural councillor Pat Jeffares said: “I was absolutely gobsmacked when I saw what had happened there.
“Offa’s Dyke is such an important part of local life.”
“I’m trying to find out more information about what exactly has taken place.”
North Wales Police spokesman Michael McGivern added: “We have been informed and Cadw are looking into the matter.
Although the land off the A5 between Llangollen and Chirk is privately owned, the historic nature of the site means there are restrictions prohibiting anyone from causing damage or disruption to Offa’s Dyke.
Jim Saunders, spokesman for the Offa’s Dyke Association, said: “Demolition of the dyke is a criminal offence.
“The matter is being looked into by Cadw.
“I believe they have been out to look at it.”
A spokesman for Cadw said: “We are aware of the reported damage to a section of Offa’s Dyke, which is a nationally important ancient monument protected by law.
“An investigation is currently under way to determine whether or not an offence has been committed.
“The police have been informed."
The Offa’s Dyke path was opened in 1971, linking Sedbury Cliffs near Chepstow
It runs for more than 175 miles and crosses the border between Wales and England more than 20 times.
The path is named after, and often follows, the dyke which King Offa ordered to be built in the 8th century
Police spokesman Michael McGivern said: “We have been informed and Cadw are looking into the matter.
“They will report back to us.”
Clwyd South AM Ken Skates said: “These reports are very worrying and I would wholeheartedly condemn any mindless individuals who choose to damage our magnificent historic monuments.”
“This isn’t the first time something like this has been reported and it’s tantamount to sacrilege. I welcome the police investigation and hope whoever is responsible is caught and appropriately punished.”